Outcome of Jalaukavacharan (Medicinal leech therapy) in varicose vein– A Case Report.
Keywords:Jalalukavacharan, Medicinal Leech therapy, Shiragrathi
Introduction: Varicose veins are abnormally thick, enlarged, swollen, twisted veins characterized by aching pain in the calf region, leg and ankle associated with swelling and itching. It was found that up to 15% of men and 25% of women have visible varicose veins. Most common complication of the varicose vein is venous ulcer. The treatments are not only expensive but also carry various risks for the patient, such as vascular or nerve injuries along with higher recurrence rate.
Case Report: 42 years old homemaker visited the Outdoor Patient Department of Panchakarma Department of National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur with complaints of pain, swelling and dilated superficial veins in left leg since nine months. The patient was treated on the line of management of Siragranthi. Acharya Vagbhatta indicates Jalaukavacharan for Raktaj Granthi. Six sittings of Jalalukavacharan (~Medicinal leech therapy) was done to the patient. The treatment showed marked relief in swelling and pain. Skin discoloration, tortuosity and itching was significantly reduced.
Conclusion: Jalalukavacharan is effective, less costly and short time procedure. The results need to be studied in more number of patients for better assessment.
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